The Police on Wednesday, announced a closure of the Kuramo Beach on Victoria Island, Lagos, for one week ; to rid it of alleged squatters and hoodlums.
“We are closing down the beach for one week; a team of security agents will continue to raid the beach to rid it of criminals,’’ Adegoke Fayode, the Divisional Police Officer, Victoria Island Station said.
A combined team of police, army, immigration and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency officials had on July 1, at about 1.00 a.m. raided the beach, arresting some people.
According to Mr. Fayode, management officials of the beach and the local government were included in the team of task force to clear the beach of squatters.
“We are raiding all the cabins on the beach. Anyone who wants to work in the cabins must be known by the security agents.”
“After the exercise, anyone coming to Kuramo beach must feel safe. We do not want criminals to use the beach as a hideout any longer,” the DPO added.
Observations showed officials of Lagos State Government pulling down some illegal structures.
The Secretary of Kuramo Beach Tourism Association, Mchael Onuwafe, said the exercise would help to restore the beach to an international standard.
He noted that the 60 cabins constructed by the government in 1999 for tourists to relax had been defaced, adding that some traders had constructed tents to distort the layout and aesthetics of the beach.
“When it reopens, visitors to the beach will appreciate its facelift,” Onuwafe said